Author Topic: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)  (Read 1615 times)

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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2019, 01:06:37 PM »
Had a fuel injected 1979 VW Rabbit, silver with a sunroof, 4 speed.  Great driving car.  Handled great, got 25 mpg, ran on regular gas. Used a quart of oil every 600 miles and improved a little with new valve seals and ate plugs very 5k miles (Champions lasted half again longer than Bosch). 

As much as I liked the way it drove, it was my last German car.   I've been driving silver (or gray) Accords with sunroofs and sticks ever since.

I had an '82 Pickup/Caddy and '83 GTi, both bought new. Never had any issues with either, neither used any oil, both averaged mid 30s gas mileage (even when driven like your typical 19 or 20 yr. old). My sister bought the Pickup from me and drove it until it had 130k miles on it, still going strong. I put 65k miles on the GTi (in two years) then traded it for a Bertone X1/9 (another great car). You got a lemon.

An Accord? I'd rather walk...  :wink: :grin:
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2019, 04:37:15 PM »
I had an '82 Pickup/Caddy and '83 GTi, both bought new. Never had any issues with either, neither used any oil, both averaged mid 30s gas mileage (even when driven like your typical 19 or 20 yr. old). My sister bought the Pickup from me and drove it until it had 130k miles on it, still going strong. I put 65k miles on the GTi (in two years) then traded it for a Bertone X1/9 (another great car). You got a lemon.

An Accord? I'd rather walk...  :wink: :grin:

not lemon, it was a '78.  Like every other one.

Now if you want a lemon, get a new one with 2.0 turbo, AUdi, VW, GLI, GTI, every one of them.

Let me include a settlement form worth up to $6k:

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/857448-volkswagen-timing-chain-class-action-settlement/

https://timingchainlitigation.com/Home/SubmitClaim
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2019, 04:44:48 PM »
not lemon, it was a '78.  Like every other one.

Now if you want a lemon, get a new one with 2.0 turbo, AUdi, VW, GLI, GTI, every one of them.

Let me include a settlement form worth up to $6k:

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/857448-volkswagen-timing-chain-class-action-settlement/

https://timingchainlitigation.com/Home/SubmitClaim

Funny, a friend bought one of the same year and had none of those issues. 30+ mpg, no oil usage. When he traded it in on a Passat TDi a decade later it was well over 150k miles and still running strong.
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2019, 04:47:04 PM »
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2019, 04:53:04 PM »
There is a motorcycle hiding inside every old crashed Beetle.


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there was/is a Brazilian motorcycle that is VW powered.  Amazonas.  seems like a good idea
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2019, 06:25:06 PM »




I used to take Kombis and vochos down to mexico for years.  Stopped in 05 when I got a real job.  Took a GS 500 that could run on gas out of a 55 gallon drum in the middle of the jungle in Chiapas.




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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #36 on: January 22, 2019, 11:17:41 AM »
My first car was a '65 VW.  Loaned it to my girlfriend in the 80's while I was out of town, and she rear-ended a truck at a stoplight -- Totaled ! 

I am now in possession of a '73 Bug.  It has lived out in the barn for several years now.  It's all there, but will need at least a mechanical restoration.  Anyone know of a good VW restoration shop in the Dallas area ?  I'm thinking of bringing it back to life...

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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2019, 12:56:13 PM »
I had an old Squareback for a while. It was fun, but not necessarily a fond memory otherwise. I think the battery had more power in it than the engine did.
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2019, 01:28:49 PM »
My first car was a '65 VW.  Loaned it to my girlfriend in the 80's while I was out of town, and she rear-ended a truck at a stoplight -- Totaled ! 

I am now in possession of a '73 Bug.  It has lived out in the barn for several years now.  It's all there, but will need at least a mechanical restoration.  Anyone know of a good VW restoration shop in the Dallas area ?  I'm thinking of bringing it back to life...

Do it yourself or at least some of it. One of the greatest VW used parts outfits in the country is right there in Arkansas. Check them out:

http://www.wayoutsalvage.com
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #39 on: January 23, 2019, 01:46:39 PM »
I had an old Squareback for a while. It was fun, but not necessarily a fond memory otherwise. I think the battery had more power in it than the engine did.

I like the Type 3s...especially the Slantback. They had dual carbs and seemed sportier than the Bugs or the Buses, but I get what you're saying. All of those air-cooled engines were pretty anemic. However, there has not been a simpler car to work on since the Model T. For someone trying to stay mobile on a budget, it was a revelation.
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #40 on: January 23, 2019, 02:24:39 PM »
the front seats were a hazard on those bugs. 

clunk ....ahhhh!    :sad:
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Re: Anyone in to old VW bugs? (NGC)
« Reply #41 on: January 23, 2019, 04:58:26 PM »
And we'll bring it back around to motorcycles!


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